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    Lock up the kids: Toys 'R' Us are coming to Thailand

    A little suprised they're not already here:

    RETAILER’S PLANS: Six Toys ‘R’ Us stores in year 1
    Published on October 12, 2005

    US giant eyes 13 local outlets within five years. Toys “R” Us, the world’s largest toy retail chain, will open six stores in Bangkok over the next 12 months. Pieter Schats, chief executive of Toys “R” Us Asia Ltd, said the company would launch three major retail formats in Thailand: Toys “R” Us flagship, satellite and convenience stores. The number of stores will likely grow to as many as 13 in the next three to five years. The company is aiming high and expects sales of Bt500 million in its first year in business here.

    “I’m delighted that Toys “R” Us is opening in Thailand and believe that Thai children will really enjoy the unique ‘Wow’ experience that Toys “R” Us brings to each of its stores,” said Schats. “We believe we’ll be successful in the development of the Bangkok investment portfolio over the next 12 months.” He said that the first Bt60-million Toys “R” Us satellite store in Bangkok will be opened on the sixth floor of the Central City Bang Na shopping complex in November, with retail space of 1,978 square metres. A second store will be opened in December on the first floor of the Carrefour super centre on Rama IV Road and will have a total retail space of 1,124 square metres.

    The company also plans to open its first Toys “R” Us flagship store in Bangkok in the middle of next year at Central World Plaza on Rajdamri Road. Located on the fifth floor of the complex, the store will boast 2,268 square metres of retail space and will cost at least Bt80 million to build. Each convenience stores (under the moniker Toy Box or Toys “R” Us Express) will have 800 square metres of retail space.
    “Parents usually bring their children to our Toys “R” Us ‘destination’ stores [flagship or satellite stores] for special occasions like a birthday, while our convenience store format will serve them for routine shopping,” Schats said.

    Toys “R” Us will divide its toy merchandise into seven major zones: boys, girls, family fun and games, learning, babies and toddlers, electronics, and sports and outdoors. The stores will carry more than 10,000 items across 500 categories of toys, more than half of which are exclusive to Toys “R” Us.

    According to Schats, Toys “R” Us will hold a media conference in the Philippines today to launch its toy store chain there later this year. The company will also enter China in 2006 or early 2007.

    He said that the company aims to open more than 50 Toys “R” Us stores in Asia (excluding Japan) by the end of 2007. The company currently operates 36 outlets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Thailand will be the fifth country in the region to have Toys “R” Us stores.
    Jeremy Hobbins, group managing director of Li & Fung (Retailing), which is licensed to operate and develop the stores in Asia, said that his Hong Kong-based company has three distinct operations: trading and marketing logistics, consumer products manufacturing, and speciality retailing.

    In Thailand, Li & Fung acquired trading firm Inchcape in 1995. The group also acquired Borneo Co and Anglo Thai Co in 1999, making it one of the largest trading and supply-chain management outfits in the Kingdom. The group has a large distribution centre and logistics facility at Bang Pa In in Ayutthaya.

    “Our strong foothold in trading and logistics in Thailand will help the Toys “R” Us business here for local sourcing of toy merchandise in Thailand,” said Hobbins. He added that about 15 per cent of the merchandise at Toys “R” Us stores in Thailand would be locally made.

    Manit Lertsakornsiri, country manager of Toys Retailing (Thailand) Ltd, said that the company would open no less than 13 stores in Thailand over the next three to five years.

    “We also expect to generate sales of over Bt500 million in the first year,” said Manit.
    source: The Nation

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    will do really well, i'd have thought. there aren't any larger specialist toyshops in thailand, are there?

    i've often had trouble when looking for places to buy stuff for the school from.

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    They come when my kids are already 8. Its a first stop always when I go to the states. Not just toys I got my kids strollers there when they were 2 and a half. Nice little foldable strollers for 15 bucks apiece. They sell for 1500 baht here, and not as good a quality.
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    they actually sell more things like buggies, cots etc. than toys these days.

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    I always thought the bar in Pattaya called 'boys-r-us' was a clever choice of name

    Now that 'toys' are coming to LOS they might complain about the abuse of their name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    I always thought the bar in Pattaya called 'boys-r-us' was a clever choice of name

    Now that 'toys' are coming to LOS they might complain about the abuse of their name!

    Toys 'R Us did stop a butchers shop in Birkenhead, Cheshire from using the name "Sausages 'R Us"

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    My Mum and Sis used to work for Toys R Us and they said they were scum and really tight with pay etc.

    But they let me take my PS1 one back 3 or 4 times after I 'tried' to chip it myself


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    Boys toys as well eh Ken!!

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    My mate's mate does Scaletrix here....once I have a bit of money I'm going to splash out on one.

    Pure kid at heart I am

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    My mate's mate does Scaletrix here
    He used to work for me and actually lives in my old house.

    *searches for the 'claim to fame' thread*

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    Ahh gotcha. I got it from C.B. mate

    You got or getting one?

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    Friend of mine work for 'Toys R Us' for about 12 years, and went into management.

    pay salary and add on lots of hours.

    When they closed all the stores in the state, they tried to screw people on unemployment.

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    As a father of a daughter with not many quality toyshops at hand and a fond former fan of such establishments...I say

    As someone who lives in Songkhla where the chances of a store being within 1000km from me I say
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    We can mail you shit (toys) mate if you like?

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    The Bangna store was supposed to open in October (as the sign in front of it said) but now November it seems. I've looked inside, the place doesn't look like it's gonna open in November unless they've been doing massive work in the past few days. I do look forward to being able to buy a few American board games and whatnot that you can't really find in Thailand. It would be interesting to see if they bring in Scrabble (even though Crosswords is a complete knock off). Being able to buy UNO would also be a plus.
    It's like I'm speaking a foreign language or something...

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